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Count down for a REAL GMAT [#permalink] New post 26 Jan 2009, 12:44
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This post is for me to have a self boosting / to get inspriration from GMAT Club as and when my enerygy levels go down. Please ignore this post if found boring / irrelavent.

Finally the D-DAY for my GMAT exam is fast approaching. March 7th 2009. Hum.....Month, Day and Year are all odd. But I hope my result will definitely not be odd. :wink: My journey for GMAT is not a long one so far. It just started during later October of 2008. But I do agree that a dream of doing a MBA is around 8 years old. But till recent past, never got the oppurtunity / energy to make my dream put in to real world.

I always had a dream of doing my MBA in one of the IIM's(India's top business schools). But situations never allowed me or rather I should say, I didn't make use of the situations to make this dream come live. Finally durng the month of October, when I was browsing thru the net, I ended landing in this great forum. Read couple of inspriring success stories on how they got the entry ticket(GMAT score) for achieving the dream. This gave me the inspiration to do my GMAT exam. Now I started thinking, should I prepare first and then set my date / should I set my date and then prepare for the exam. Preapring first and then setting the exam date, is something like trying to fill a non existing vessel. There is no limit / no checkpoint / no end. So I decided, let me fix the exam date. And this will make me do my preparation. Finally decided the date to be March 7, 2009. Now when the day is fast approaching, I realized that the day is odd, having all odd numbers. But don't want to have my GMAT score to be odd as well.

Now coming to the target score, not aiming too high. Just 720+ will suffice. Hum...Just 720+......well when there are many members of GMAT club forum who are in the 720+ club, why shouldn't I be one. Ok.....Hoping is one part. But implementing is second part. So I better start putting my effort to give some life to my dream. Now that my date is fixed, I need to have some plan for my preparation. So after going thru this forum repository, gathered information that I am looking for. The whole of October + half of november went by gathering information / materials. Finally I made a estimated plan(BTW estimated need be actaul as we say in IT industry). The plan is divided into 3 months -
a) whole of December month, give a shine to my blunt Quant skills. (I think I am always good in Quant). So all I need is brush the basics little bit and raise my speed calculations.
b) Whole of January, dive into verbal and get a feel of the length, breadth and width of GMAT Verbal.
c) Whole of Febrary - Practice, practice and Practice Quant and Verbal.

isn't the plan sounding good........Well I thought so. Ok now here comes the actual scenarios. I am on track till the end of December. To be specific, I have brushed my basic maths, practised couple of hundreds of questions under timing....wow....sounds great. But when I started practising Data Sufficiency problems, I realised I am not able to hit the right answer choices. I thought, I just need some patience and control my eagerness to solve the problem when I come to a point where I have enough to solve it. Simple reason, I doubt whether the information that I derived so far is really sufficient to solve the problem. To clarify my doubt I end up solving the problem and BOOM.....my timer will die.....OK I will have to concentrate more on DS. Well still it is December and I have full of Jan and Feb. (Postponed it for later time. First mistake)

Now came the Christmas vacation......with a Vegas Trip. Where are my books? Where is my inspiration?.........After 2 weeks of break, when I realised the date, it's already in to january. Oh my God, my Quant lost some shine. :cry: So again to get into the track, I spent couple of days(few) revising my Quant. Realized already I am running late on my Verbal. So one fine day I opened my material for Verbal. Hum....Even before I started my prep for Verbal, I am quite sure, I am less than average on GMAT verbal. I realized that Communicating in English is not good enough to attack GMAT Verbal. It is by itself a big ocean to swim across. (atleast for me). Going thru the material, not able to get the starting point. And it was already mid Jan. Started doubting whether I be able to complete my diving into Verbal Ocean. God....so far I didn't even know how deep it is.

Finally started of with MGMAT - Sentence Correction. Only reason being that SC is one area in Verbal where it is easy to build more points. Even though it doesnot have the formula like in Quant, there are predefined rules in Grammer that if we remember, we can build the score. Decided let me catch the easier one. Parallelly started off with Critical Reasoning Bible, I under stand what the book is saying. But when I have to answer the CR question.....my brain is going blank....... :cry: RC still is far from sight. And today as I am writting this post, it is in the last week of January. I know I have to put lot more hours and lot more interest to get thru my Verbal. But yes, I will definitely plan to take atleast 2 CAT tests in a week to understand my weak points in Febrary.

So here I am with 40 days and counting for my GMAT. Friends, all I need is some inspring words for the D- DAY and suggestions on how to tackle my Verbal. It really is a big ocean where the Length / breadth / depth are unknown for a Non Native English speaker. The biggest challenge I have is balancing my 24 hrs between WORK / 18 month old Toddler / GMAT preparation. All are equally imporatant. I guess getting into an MBA path also teaches us on proritizing the tasks, time manageming, handling the stress and testing patience. :P

Well this thread is only the introduction of my GMAT journey which I will be updating with my major milestones. And really hope to see a happy ending with atleast 720+ score. :P.
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Re: Count down for a REAL GMAT [#permalink] New post 26 Jan 2009, 13:49
I will take my GMAT next week :-D
Good luck in your prep!
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Re: Count down for a REAL GMAT [#permalink] New post 27 Jan 2009, 05:32
i was supposed it GMAT today, however had to delay due to technical problems the test center faced :roll: mmmm too stressy another 5-6 days, feels like my brains is programmed for today and no longer willing to work.... :shock:
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Re: Count down for a REAL GMAT [#permalink] New post 27 Jan 2009, 07:04
mrsmarth,
Goodluck. I am sure you will do just fine.
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Re: Count down for a REAL GMAT [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2009, 11:58
i too will be regiving my GMAT in the next few weeks. i had thought i would be able to do a lot better the first time, but all i really have to show is a mediocre score (i did get a 5.5 on my AWA :o ) keep working on basic quant and verbal strategies. try doing as many difficult problems, whether challenge problems from gmat club, or questions towards the back of the OG, as these will hone your basic skills while teaching you to answer harder questions. i recently came across a free prep course that offers some good resources online. its called knewton prep, and can be googled for their website. no resource should be wasted. others may be better than some, but its what you take from it that counts. practice will make perfect. thats all that anyone taking the test needs to know. :wink:
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Re: Count down for a REAL GMAT [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2009, 22:07
Zhu wrote:
i was supposed it GMAT today, however had to delay due to technical problems the test center faced :roll: mmmm too stressy another 5-6 days, feels like my brains is programmed for today and no longer willing to work.... :shock:


that sucks
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Re: Count down for a REAL GMAT [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2009, 09:09
Well thank you to all who are visiting this thread and wondering......what I are my ongoing plans of my prep work till my D-DAY. There is not much change from my original plan. Still trying to stick to it. But still is a plan and can change any time. :) Here is a small update.

I have taken OG diagnostic test, for only the Quant part. As per score rules, I achieved 34 of 48 Q which translates to 19 in PS(Just fell into the range ff Excellent :) ) and 15 in DS(This is below Average, with one more question answered correctly, I would have been atleast into Average range. :cry: )

Of the 14 questions that I did wrong, 11 are careless mistakes. These mainly involved cases such as -

a. even though, able to solve the problem, didn't pick the ans to the question being asked.
b. marked incorrectly while picking the ans even though in mind I know what the ans. For example, the ans is 2, and this ans is under choice 3. I marked ans choice 2(this choice is not 2) instead of 3. :cry:
c. While solving the problems, used wrong numbers. For ex instead of 89 used 98 in my solving process.

I think these type of mistakes can and should definitely be corrected. Else I know it is going to cost me a lot during my D Day attempt. Amazed on how GMAT provide the wrong ans choices which definitely are possible if we are careless.

Lesson learnt -

Concentrate more on not only solving the problem, but also in picking the answer that suits the question.


As I am already aware, my weakness in Quant is DS. Struggling real hard to nail them down. Googling the sites to find some precious information on tackling them.

Here is one that found - http://www.gmathacks.com/main/data-sufficiency.html.

As a part of this update message, I would also like to thank "WALKER" for developing such a wonderful Timer tool. It helps me a lot to analyze my weaknesses to the extent of not only solving the problems but also try maintaining the timing. Thank you very much. :)

Well I am still not able to dare to even attempt Verbal part of it. Afraid that it might bring me GMAT zeal down. But the sooner from the D DAY the better it is. Atleast I know what is my current stand and where can I improve considerable considering the critical time factor which is fast running out.

Hope I have my next update on Verbal.
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Re: Count down for a REAL GMAT [#permalink] New post 06 Feb 2009, 08:41
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Re: Count down for a REAL GMAT [#permalink] New post 11 Feb 2009, 22:43
Good luck, on your exam!!!
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Re: Count down for a REAL GMAT [#permalink] New post 15 Feb 2009, 19:46
A big Ooph.............. Yesterday(14/2/2009) I have taken Princeton GMAT CAT exam and got a very disastrous score. :cry: It is just 520 with Quant - 43 and Verbal - 19. I know I am very weak in Verbal. Didn't dare to take a mock exam, thinking that it will degrade my motivation. So kept on postponing till now. With less than 3 weeks to go, there is no way that I can bring my Verbal to a 40+ score.

In my quant I made 7(3 in PS and 4 in DS) mistakes out of which 5 are really careless. So there is definitely scope for improvement. Atleast I need 48+ in my quant to hit my target score. verbal is worst there are not words to explaing. SC is 55% correct, CR is 33% correct and RC is 33%. I am sure I can improve my % in SC and CR atleast 80% each.

So I have made up my mind, that I will be have to postpone my exam. Now I am targetting for April 1st week or second week. Rather than getting a disaster score, I think it is better to take couple of more days with a penalty of few more bucks and gain some condidence and attempt the exam.

Hum......There is lot to go prepare and lot more to improve.
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